Month: May 2011

Rear in front of salmon derby

After three days of fishing, Ken Rear holds the lead in the 56th annual Sitka Salmon Derby. Rear caught a 42 pound fish the first morning of the derby.

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Weekend plankton bloom raises concerns over "red tide"

A bloom of red tide over the weekend alarmed many Sitkans, but the plankton that caused it is different than the one responsible for deadly paralytic shellfish poisoning. And while this particular kind of plankton may not present a threat to humans, conditions are ripe for other more toxic blooms to occur.

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Air Station Sitka's first CO pays a visit

On Thursday, a man named David Irons was among the hundreds of cruise ship passengers in Sitka. But instead of heading for the National Park, or the downtown stores, or other popular attractions, Irons went straight to the Coast Guard air station. Thirty four years ago, he was in charge of the place, as its first-ever commanding officer.

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Assembly 'has concerns' about Sealaska legislation

The Sitka Assembly has gone on record as having concerns about Sealaska’s lands selection legislation. Two bills working their way through Congressional subcommittees this week will allow the regional Native corporation to select acreage in the Tongass National Forest. Sealaska is owed land under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

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